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The Christmas Angel

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The Christmas Angel


Published December 6, 2009


LibriVox recording of The Christmas Angel, by Abbie Farwell Brown. Read by Jan MacGillivray.

Disagreeable old Miss Terry spends her Christmas Eve getting rid of toys from her childhood toy box. One by one she tosses them onto the sidewalk in front of her house, then secretly watches the little scenes that occur, which seem to confirm her belief that true Christmas spirit does not exist. Then the Angel from her childhood Christmas tree appears to show Miss Terry that she has not yet witnessed the final act of each of those little dramas …

Living Age magazine in 1910 observed of The Christmas Angel, "Not since Charles Dickens laid down his pen forever has there been a prettier Christmas story written, one more full of the real spirit of Christmas or conveying a more seasonable lesson." (Summary by Jan MacGillivray)

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Reviewer: benefitsingers - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 17, 2011
Subject: If only I could give more stars!
This is a lovely story that will bring hope to your heart no matter what time of year it is. Jan MacGillivray is one of the best readers at Librivox that I have ever listened to. I could swear I have heard this voice narrating "professional" audio recordings I have heard. I would love to see Jan narrate more stories and especially children's stories. Thank you for a superb job Jan!
Reviewer: Lucy_k_p - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2010
Subject: Lovely story and reading
A beautiful story, very moving and hearwarming. Mrs Terry is a very compelling character, flawed and human. The change she goes through does not feel forced or unrealistic, and although sentimental it never feels sickly.

The reading is very well done, Jan has a lovely voice and she made the story come alive for me. Thank you Jan.
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